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29 March 2010
28 March 2010
Isbitzer on Pesach
The Netherlands' Educational Passover
27 March 2010
Shabbat Shalom - Parshas Tzav
25 March 2010
Segulos for Pesach
The Arizal says one who stays completely away from the slightest amount of chometz the whole Pesach is assured they won’t sin a whole year. (Chometz is an allusion to the sitra acher. It is brought down from Reb Chaim Vital that any aveira one does on Pesach is worse than if done the rest of the year. We could assume that the reward for staying away from sin is also greater than the rest of the year. Putting these together, perhaps what the Arizal means is, if one stays away from the sitra acher, not sinning at all on Pesach (including not eating any chometz), then he has this assurance.)
Reb Naftali of Ropshitz in Zera Kodesh says that Pesach is a segula for parnasa since on Pesach the crops are judged. The Chidushei Harim says the same thing and adds another reason; because earning a living is considered as difficult as Krias Yam Suf, the splitting of the sea, which occurred on Pesach. For more segulas visit Segulos Pesach
24 March 2010
Demise of a Galus Empire
REP. DINGELL SAYS OBAMACARE WILL EVENTUALLY ‘CONTROL THE PEOPLE’
Can't show the "POST-AMERICAN" Actual Cover of Magazine, but you can view it at Breitbart TV
"...In their expansionary phase, empires force people to go out, seek risks and fend for themselves, Murrin said, reminding of the dismantling of the British empire after the war, when the National Health Service, which ensures universal health coverage in Britain, was created."
"China's rise will be much faster than most people anticipate as the country's military prowess increases"
So says "David Murrin, co-founder of Emergent Asset Management hedge fund manager."
23 March 2010
Matzah ... Matzah
We are NOT a Settlement!
Israel defies Obama
Oh, No, Israel Affirms its G-d given right!
"Jerusalem is NOT a 'Settlement'"
Britain expels top Mossad agent over 'intolerable' passport cloning
"The fact that this was done by a country which is a friend, with significant diplomatic, cultural, business and personal ties to the UK, only adds insult to injury," ….…Timesonline.
*Why doesn't this 'friend' make the 'friend's' enemy accept and recognize your 'friend's' nationhood as a "Jewish National Homeland"?
*Why doesn't this 'friend' apply pressure to the 'friend's' enemy to stop lobbing missiles into peaceful civilian areas in Israel proper?
*Why doesn't this 'friend' support the National rights of its citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of well-being?
22 March 2010
Divide and Conquer is Back in the Picture
DIVIDE & CONQUER IS BACK ON THE SCENE
*Clinton Tells AIPAC: Building for Jews in Jerusalem Bad for US
*Former Obama Aide New Head of AIPAC
*Israel's New Enemy: America?
"Enemy: "a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent." — Dictionary.com
Cal Thomas at Arutz 7:
Despite Vice President Joe Biden's recent pledge of unswerving fidelity to Israel during his recent visit there, the rhetoric and pressure directed by the Obama administration against the only fully functioning democracy in the Middle East more accurately resembles the behavior of an enemy.
Increasingly under this administration — but also present in Republican administrations — America's policy toward Israel is full of "harmful designs" and "antagonistic activities."
The intentions may not be deliberate, but the outcome would lead to the same injurious end …. "U.S. Pushes Netanyahu to Accept 3 Demands" … “Hamas has called on Palestinians to launch a third "intifada." … “What part of annihilation does the State Department not understand?
What State is blind to is that the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict," as it is erroneously labeled, is part of a worldwide religious war against all things Jewish, Christian, secular, modern and Western.” Full article
I’m not a big fan of Pipes, but
THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM
Daniel Pipes in his well known 2001 article, The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem, asks:
1. The city being of such evidently minor religious importance (to Islam), why does it now loom so large for Muslims, to the point that a Muslim Zionism seems to be in the making across the Muslim world? Why do Palestinian demonstrators take to the streets shouting “We will sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Jerusalem” and their brethren in Jordan yell “We sacrifice our blood and soul for Al-Aqsa”? Why does King Fahd of Saudi Arabia call on Muslim states to protect “the holy city [that] belongs to all Muslims across the world”? Why did two surveys of American Muslims find Jerusalem their most pressing foreign policy issue?
and answers simply"
1. Because of politics. An historical survey shows that the stature of the city, and the emotions surrounding it, inevitably rises for Muslims when Jerusalem has political significance. Conversely, when the utility of Jerusalem expires, so does its status and the passions about it.
and then states:
“Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. In contrast, the columnist Moshe Kohn notes, Jerusalem and Zion appear as frequently in the Qur'an "as they do in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, the Taoist Tao-Te Ching, the Buddhist Dhamapada and the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta"—which is to say, not once.” MEQuarterly
Another perspective sheds more light:
Leo Rennert at American Thinker:
“According to the NYT, the acrimonious ten-day confrontation between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is over -- with each side claiming victory….
Upon review ….
The sudden crisis in U.S.-Israel relations can be divided into two parts -- the first involving a major Israeli screw-up, the second involving a much bigger Obama screw-up….
The fuse was lit when Vice President Biden was blindsided by an announcement from Israel's Interior Ministry that an interim approval was given to proposed plans for the addition of 1,600 apartment units in Ramat Shlomo -- an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem….Biden was furious…. [but 48 hrs later Biden was relieved].
Part two: Enter Hilary Clinton!
Remember Who said What? ”never let a serious crisis go to waste”.
This analysis is the beginning of a diabolical plan by the US for a “regime change” in Israeli politics
CLINTON: Analysis - Blundering toward Disaster JPost and CLINTON to AIPAC Conference: “criticism necessary between friends [this is the beginning of her pressure on AIPAC to oppose Bibi].
Meanwhile, in Pharaonic fashion, the vise-grip on the Jews in America seems to be at a precipice to enslave the people while at the same time the squeeze for a regime change is aimed at Jerusalem
[verb: to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise]
Their myopic viewpoint of claiming Israeli cities and communities as 'settlements' might soon include more and more homes of our brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews, grandparents, and newly discovered Lost Tribes as being "settlers" and living in "settlements" and in violation of palestinian savagery [G-d forbid].
Cognitive 'Settlement' Dissonance
21 March 2010
Pharaobama is Ascending ...
Is Obama the clone of Akhenaten?
President Barack Obama looks amazingly like Akhenaten the father of monotheism. Michelle Obama looks amazingly like Akhenaten's mother, Queen Tiye. Akhenaten had two daughters by Nefertiti. They look amazingly like Malia and Sasha. The code names of Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud correlate well with the ancient depiction of the Royal Family. Curiously enough, mummification provides a viable cell for cloning. It is still a mystery as to why Egyptian mummies do not decompose.more here
Pharaohbama is Ascending ...
I don't think the writer left Mitzrayim with Moshe Rabbeinu,
but his commentary makes a good analogy:
Thousands of years ago, the Egyptian pharaohs had a way of charming their people, yet they managed to impose totalitarian rule on them. They often lied, made false promises and engaged in brutal forms of tyranny. In his recent trip to the Middle East, Barak Obama drew some criticism from politicians in Israel, comparing him to a pharaoh. They cited comparisons of how the Israelites survived the Pharos of Egypt; and therefore, today’s Jews will survive Pharaoh Obama. And while their basis for their comparison might be slightly off the mark, because Obama is not trying to enslave them (they are simply angry at him because he’s talking to the Arabs), there are many other reasons why Obama might be emulating the ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
Like a pharaoh, Obama duped his followers –apparently the majority of the American electorate- when he promised he would end the War in Iraq, when (s)elected. Once he stepped into office, he proposed a six-month time table to withdraw the troops. Then, he changed the time table to 12 months, then 18 months, then to ‘a few years,’ and finally, to an indefinite time period.
As a master of Orwellian doublespeak, in his first day as president, Pharaoh Obama announced the closing of Camp Gitmo, and to put an end to the kangaroo court proceedings called ‘military tribunals.’ There was a huge fanfare! The announcement came as he walked the White House steps. Right-wingers like Limbaugh were furious because they could no longer sell their Camp Gitmo Special Edition Torture Merchandise. Then, just a few weeks later, Pharaoh Obama said ‘maybe not,’ so he decided to make some reforms to the show trials instead, and keep Gitmo open just for a little while longer (forever). It turned out that the original gesture was only a publicity stunt by Pharaoh Obama in order to appease his left-wing political base. Till this day, Pharaoh Obama claims credit for closing Gitmo, while in reality, he has only upgraded it. Nice doublespeak, Pharaoh!
Initially, Pharaoh Obama called for ‘transparency in government,’ and therefore, he released the torture memos, implicating his cousin, the former Vice President to Pharaoh Bush II, known as ‘Big Time’ Dick Cheney. We all know the rest of the story on how Cousin Dick came back swinging at him, foaming at the mouth, saying that ‘water-boarding is not torture.’ Instead, water-boarding is now described with the euphemistic term as an ‘enhanced interrogation technique.’ Apparently, that was good enough for Pharaoh Obama in order to put an end to the so-called transparency regarding this issue. Therefore, he is no longer authorizing the release of any more photos or memos related to the torture techniques ordered by his cousin ‘Big Time’ Dick Cheney, or any White House aide that served during the previous ruling period of Pharaoh Bush II. He says that it’s not healthy for our American image in the world –as though the rest of the world doesn’t already know that our government tortures people.
Furthermore, Pharaoh Obama promised to end the illegal government spying on US citizens, the secret arrests, and all the rest of the fascist Gestapo law violations that were put in place by his predecessor, Pharaoh Bush II. As it turned out, Pharaoh Obama decided not to put an end to them, but to expand them! Pharaoh Obama is now using these same illegal tactics under the provisions of the Patriot Act and Homeland Security -the biggest bureaucracy in US Government History- created by Pharaoh Bush II.
Previously, Pharaoh Bush II used the Gestapo anti-terror laws against antiwar activists and political enemies. Now, Pharaoh Obama has unleashed his High Priestess, Janet Napolitano, to crack down on so-called ‘right wing extremists,’ tea-party-goers, military veterans, constitutionalists, libertarians, and Ron Paul supporters. I hope all of you neo-cons that supported Pharaoh Bush II, and the creation of the Patriot Act and Homeland Security are happy now…
When addressing the Arabs in his Cairo speech, Pharaoh Obama mentioned that America should play a vital role in order to achieve peace in the Middle East. And in regards to that, so many of us ask ourselves: Where in the constitution does it say that we, as Americans, should be involved in foreign wars and crises in order to achieve peace half-way around the world? Why should we continue to send billions of taxpayer dollars to countries like Israel and Egypt, just so they won’t go to war with each other? It is almost certain that most of that money goes right into the pockets of the arms dealers… it’s a big scam, folks! If they want to go to war with each other, so be it!
Here’s a concept: Why not fix America instead of the Middle East, Pharaoh? America lost 350,000 jobs just last month. Our borders are still wide open. The US Dollar continues to decline, to the point where you had to send your High Priest, Tim Geithner, to Red China in order to reassure the Chi-Coms that their investment in US debt derivatives was safe. We all know the results of that: Geithner was laughed at and humiliated by the Chinese when he tried to tell them that everything was okay. What an embarrassment this must have been for Pharaoh Obama…
In one final comparison, while speaking to the Arabs, Pharaoh Obama condemned the terrorist acts of the CIA-financed and trained Al-Qaeda (Al-CIA-dah), as well as Israel for bombing innocent people in Palestine. Yet, at the same time, Pharaoh Obama is doing the same exact thing to Pakistan, as he promised to do in his presidential campaign. This was one promise that he apparently kept. He has ordered the recent air strikes that have killed many innocent people in Pakistan. Nice doublespeak, Pharaoh!
After the speech, Pharaoh Obama made a very symbolic visit to the pyramids in Egypt. As a modern day pharaoh, people on the streets of Cairo were worshiping him, just as they do here in the US. During his royal visit to the Egyptian archeological sites, he became the first foreign leader to enter the tomb of King Cheops, which was built over 4,500 years ago. Did Pharaoh Obama feel a need to visit the tomb of his ancestor? And will the curse of King Cheops apply to him for disturbing the tomb? We shall see…
19 March 2010
Shabbat Shalom - Parshas Vayikra
This week's haftorah starts with a rebuke to the Israelites for abandoning the Temple's sacrificial service. Sacrifices are the dominant topic of the week's Torah reading, too. Visit Korban Pesach and Sanhedrin Committee
The prophet Isaiah rebukes the Israelites for turning away from G‑d and refraining from offering sacrifices, turning to idolatry instead. G‑d exhorts the people to return to Him, promising to forgive their transgressions, as is His wont.
The prophet then mentions the futility of serving empty idols which may be crafted by artisans but "neither see nor hear nor do they know…" The haftorah concludes with G‑d's enjoinder to always remember Him and to return to Him.
Yeshayahu ... Chapter One
"The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord has spoken; Children I have raised and exalted, yet they have rebelled against Me.
An ox knows his owner and a donkey his master's crib; Israel does not know, my people does not consider. Woe to a sinful nation, a people heavy with iniquity, evildoing seed, corrupt children. They forsook the Lord; they provoked the Holy One of Israel"
Yeshayahu ... Chapter Two ... A warning to haughty women
"What do you mean that you crush My people and the faces of the poor you grind? says the Lord God of Hosts.
And the Lord said:
Because the daughters of Zion are so haughty; and they walk with neck stretched forth, and winking eyes; walking and raising themselves they walk; and with their feet they spout "venom."
And the Lord shall smite with zaraath the crown of the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord shall pour out their "vessels."
On that day, the Lord shall remove the glory of the shoes and the embroidered headdresses and the hairnets.
The necklaces and the bracelets and the veils,
The tiaras and the foot chains and the hair ribbons and the clasps and the earrings.
The finger-rings and the nose-rings.
The tunics and the bedspreads and the tablecloths and the purses.
The mirrors and the turbans and the clasps.
And it shall come to pass, that, in the place of perfume, will be decay, and in the place of a girdle, laceration, and in the place of the deed, a wound that causes baldness, and in the place of the organ of levity, a sack-cloth girdle, for this is instead of beauty."
Yeshayahu ... Chapter Six
"This people's heart is becoming fat, and his ears are becoming heavy, and his eyes are becoming sealed, lest he see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and his heart understand, and he repent and be healed."
Yeshayahu ... Chapter Eleven ... And then the promises
"And it shall come to pass that on that day, the Lord shall continue to apply His hand a second time to acquire the rest of His people, that will remain from Assyria and from Egypt and from Pathros and from Cush and from Elam and from Sumeria and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.
And He shall raise a banner to the nations, and He shall gather the lost of Israel, and the scattered ones of Judah He shall gather from the four corners of the earth.
And the envy of Ephraim shall cease, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, nor shall Judah vex Ephraim."
"...And the Lord shall dry up the tongue of the Egyptian Sea, and He shall lift His hand over the river with the strength of His wind, and He shall beat it into seven streams, and He shall lead [the exiles] with shoes.
16. And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people who remain from Assyria, as there was for Israel on the day they went up from the land of Egypt."
Yeshayahu ... Chapter Twelve ... our Salvation
And you shall say on that day, "I will thank You, O Lord, for You were wroth with me; may Your wrath turn away and may You comfort me. Here is the God of my salvation, I shall trust and not fear; for the strength and praise of the Eternal the Lord was my salvation." And you shall draw water with joy from the fountains of the salvation. And you shall say on that day, "Thank the Lord, call in His Name, publicize His deeds among the peoples; keep it in remembrance, for His Name is exalted.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah, 7th century BCE) One of the greatest prophets, a contemporary of Hosea, Amos and Micah. His prophecies include the vision of the Merkavah and many descriptions of the Messianic Era. The Tanach contains Isaiah's prophecies, including his vision of the Merkavah and many prophecies regarding the Messianic Era.
16 March 2010
This may be "The Warning"!
A Times article from 2003 said that the Puente Hills system could touch off a 7.5 temblor directly underneath downtown Los Angeles.
Sue Hough, a seismologist in the Pasadena office of the U.S. Geological Survey, added: "This is the fault that could eat L.A."
The original Times story in 2003 can be found here, while the press release on the study, published in the journal Science, can be found here.
“Puente Hills system could touch off a 7.5 temblor directly beneath downtown. The good news? It might be thousands of years away.”
“An extensive fault system discovered four years ago running deep beneath the heart of Los Angeles is capable of generating earthquakes up to magnitude 7.5 -- massive shakers larger than any in the modern history of the Los Angeles Basin.”
Map: Quake simulation on Puente Hills thrust fault.
Credit: San Diego Supercomputer Center.
15 March 2010
IT HAS BEEN DECREED ...
“...Buoyed by virtually unanimous Cabinet support, Netanyahu told Likud Knesset Members at a party meeting, “Building in Jerusalem and in all other places will continue in the same way that has been accepted in the last 42 years.” He added that the construction does not harm Arabs.
Ramat Shlomo shares the same status as French Hill, Ramot and Gilo, totally Jewish areas that are considered to be politically “untouchable” by any agreement for a new Palestinian Authority state within Israel’s current borders.
Michael Oren is saying the the Israel-US crisis is the worst it's been since 1975 when the US tried to force Israel to evacuate the Sinai. Obama's secret plan isn't even secret anymore. It's all coming out of the horse's mouth. Jerusalem is to be divided.
Read the rest at Joe Settler
[This neighborhood was built in memory of Rabbi Shlomo Auerbach zt”l, and NOW maybe his voice in Shomayim will get things moving ….. the Geulah]
“OAliBabaBama pandering to the Arab world, what will be? Who should we turn to for help?” See cartoon and article at YerenanYaakov
14 March 2010
Who? said What?
”...has told (Arab League Secretary General Amr) Mussa that he informed (US Vice President Joe) Biden yesterday [approx 3/10/10] that he could not restart negotiations without the cancellation of the building of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said”
"presuppose = to require or imply as an antecedent condition:
An effect presupposes a cause.”
12 March 2010
Shabbat Shalom - Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei
11 March 2010
If you want a good laugh ...
10 March 2010
In America ... In Israel
The rookie MK suggests a “more progressive look at our [Arab] neighbors” instead of copying the "leftist solution of building a wall so we don't have to see them.” She said that the PA includes Arabs who have "rights as human beings, and the problem of political rights has to be solved gradually.”
She proposes granting many of them the Biblical status of "non-Jewish resident” (“ger toshav”) while dismantling “refugee camps” and the “hostile programs of the PA educational system.”
Ha...Tov...Li = The best to Me (Hashem)
08 March 2010
My Handiwork is drowning ...
Two parts of the ancient biblical manuscript separated across centuries and continents were reunited for the first time in a joint display ... The 1,300-year-old fragments, which are among only a handful of Hebrew biblical manuscripts known to have survived the era in which they were written, existed separately and with their relationship unknown, until a news photograph of one's public unveiling in 2007 caught the attention of the scholars who would eventually link them.
"And the sea returned to its strength... The waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them."
In that hour, the ministering angels wished to sing songs of praise before G-d, but He rebuked them, saying: "My handiwork is drowning in the sea, and you wish to sing before me?!"
Rabbi Winston – Shlach Lecha and 2000th Issue
THIS IS OFFICIALLY the 2,000th edition of Perceptions , boruch Hashem , a personal milestone. It is hard to believe that I have done this 2,...